Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sen. Myron Penn's statement on Johnny Ford running for state Senate District 28
Franken, former SNL star, wins U.S. Senate seat
The appeals have stretched on since the November election, in which Coleman was originally in the lead.
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Franken should be seated, according to USA Today. See story at:
Franken's victory gives Democrats 60 members in the Senate and is crucial to Democrats and their agenda.
Coleman might be the first sitting senator to lose to a Saturday Night Live star.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen
Monday, June 29, 2009
Johnny Ford to run for state Senate
Former state legislator and former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford plans to announce Tuesday morning that he is running for the Alabama state Senate. He will run for the District 28 seat currently held by Myron Penn, a Democrat from Union Springs.
The District includes all or part of Barbour, Bullock, Henry, Lee, Macon and Russell counties.
Ford, who will run as a Democrat, will make his announcement at the Alabama State House. He is currently founder and secretary-general of the World Conference of Mayors, Inc., which is headquartered in Tuskegee.
He recently lost his bid for reelection as mayor.
Ford said the district needs a senator that will fight for new industry and for agriculture. He said he would conduct town hall meetings in each city in the district and would visit every city council and county commission in the district. The former mayor also said he would encourage people to call him and said he would make himself available to his constituents if elected.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen
Davis adds Bright, Strange campaign manager to team
Davis, D-Birmingham, announced on Monday that he has hired David Mowery of Mowery Consulting Group LLC and Joey Ceci of Main Street Strategies in Huntsville as senior advisers.
Mowery, who recently started his own consulting operation in Montgomery, managed the highly successful campaigns of Bright and Strange. Bright was the first Democrat to win in the 2nd Congressional District in more than 40 years.
Ceci managed the campaigns of U.S. Reps. Bud Cramer and Parker Griffith, both Huntsville Democrats. Davis applauded Ceci's knowledge and experience in north Alabama and Mowery's work in south Alabama and the Wiregrass.
"When it comes to winning elections in Alabama, Joey Ceci and David Mowery are at the top of the ladder," Davis said in a statement. "Both Joey and David have a proven track record of winning hard-fought races in parts of our state that have been trending Republican. They are also experts in fending off the Republican attack machine that gears up every two years. ... Joey Ceci and David Mowery give us a powerful one-two punch in two regions that may hold the key to the 2010 governor's race."
Mowery has also worked on the campaigns of former Gov. Don Siegelman, Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, and Sam Jones, who was elected the first black mayor of Mobile.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Love Will Seek Re-Election to House Seat
"The 2010 election cycle is important to the Alabama Republican Party, and with just a few seats separating us from holding a majority in the State House of Representatives, having experienced and proven leadership is vital," Love said in a statement. "After much thought and soul-searching, I feel that I can best serve my constituents, my neighbors and my fellow Alabamians by seeking reelection to the District 74 House seat."
Defeating several fellow Republicans in the 2008 primary and run-off elections for the 2nd Congressional District nomination, Love was narrowly defeated by .6% of the vote in a general election heavily targeted by both national parties.
Love was elected to the Alabama Legislature in November of 2002 and is currently serving his second term in office. He holds the position of Minority Whip in the Alabama Republican Caucus leadership and serves as the Ranking Republican member of the House Constitution and Elections Committee. He also serves on the Government Finance and Appropriations budget-writing committee.
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks
Shelby and Davis Sponsor State Housing Recover Measures
The Disaster State Housing Recovery Act, a measure to help fund the construction of shovel-ready affordable housing ventures in disaster-affected states like Alabama, was introduced today by U.S. Reps. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham and Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, in the House and Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, in the Senate Tuesday.
The country is facing an affordable housing financing shortage and developers have found it difficult to monetize their Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in the midst of an economic downturn. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sought to resolve this issue by allowing states to exchange a portion of their credits for 85 cents on the dollar, providing an estimated $3 billion in grants to jumpstart stalled projects in 2009.
However, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is ambiguous about so-called “disaster credits” – extra housing credits allocated to thirteen states under the GO Zone Act of 2005 and the Heartland Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2008. According to Treasury, the law does not currently permit disaster credits to be included in this exchange. The Disaster State Housing Recovery Act will correct this inequity and allow disaster-affected states like Alabama to claim the benefits that Congress intended when it provided these special credits.
“This common-sense legislation will boost affordable housing opportunities for Alabama families struggling in the midst of a very difficult economy,” said Congressman Davis. “It is essential that states like Alabama are able to access every available resource to stimulate the economy and encourage affordable housing options.”
States with GO Zone or Heartland Act credits include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin.
Bright: Update from Washington for 6-22-09
Last week, my colleagues in Congress and I focused on two major bills that provide necessary improvements and look boldly toward the future for our men and women in the Armed Services.
The supplemental appropriations bill passed by a broad, bi-partisan majority when it was first considered last month. The vote was closer last week, however, because the Senate added controversial funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In addition to providing troops with new equipment and additional resources, the supplemental appropriations contained several other important provisions. It makes investments in military health care, including new hospital construction. It also increases funding for preventing attacks from roadside bombs and for mine-resistant vehicles. Understanding the sacrifices our soldiers have made, the bill gives soldiers serving involuntarily under stop loss with an additional $500 a month for each additional month they served under stop loss. Furthermore, the supplemental prevents terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from being released onto the mainland United States.
While the supplemental makes emergency appropriations, the NDAA allocates money the Department of Defense and, for the first time, proactively budgets money for our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It passed out of the Armed Services Committee by a unanimous, bi-partisan 61-0 margin. The NDAA authorizes a total of $680 billion for military spending, ensuring we are doing what is needed for our soldiers.
Included in the NDAA is a 3.4% pay raise for the military, which is .5% over the President’s budget requests and brings the military closer in line with private sector pay raises. It also increases the size of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines in order to meet increased force requirements.
As a member of Congress who represents a district with one of the highest concentrations of military and veterans in the country, there is nothing more important to me than doing right for our men and women in uniform. As we approach the July 4th holiday, I firmly believe we should all honor the patriots who have sacrificed to make America the greatest country in the history of the world.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our offices in Montgomery at (334) 277-9113, Dothan at (334) 794-9680, Opp at (334) 493-9253, or Ozark at (334) 445-4600. You can also visit the website at http://www.bright.house.gov/ to sign up for the e-newsletter. It is my great pleasure to serve you and the entire Second District of Alabama.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Public Policy Polling Analysis Shows Davis Already Doing Better Among Whites Than Obama
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Bentley bashes Obama health care plan
Gubernatorial candidate and state Rep. Robert Bentley is criticizing the health care plan of President Barack Obama, which the president discussed at length on Monday when he addressed the American Medical Association.
Bentley, R-Tuscaloosa and a dermatologist, criticized Washington's involvement in health care in a statement released Wednesday. He called the proposal a "dangerous path" and said it is full of red tape and mandates.
The doctor said the government and insurance companies have taken the personalization and choice out of health care.
"For many years, the doctor-patient relationship has been compromised by government mandates and health insurance companies, and we are continuing down a dangerous path if we embrace President Obama's plan for health care," Bentley said. "Those of us providing medical care know that Washington government bureaucrats and health insurance companies have interfered in the delivery of health care in America. Government regulation has taken the personalization and choice out of our health care system--choices that should be made by patients. The Obama plan, chock full of red tape and excessive mandates will further complicate an already broken system."
Obama spoke in "lofty terms" about the need to make health care affordable and accessible, Bentley said.
"We applaud that goal," but the lawmaker said the president did not outline either the cost of the plan or how it would be funded. " ... I suspect like most Washington proposals, the brunt of the Obama health care plan will be born by the taxpayers at a time we can least afford it."
Bentley challenged his fellow doctors "to do more to keep the costs of medical care down by addressing prevention and reducing unnecessary utilization and tests. We have a responsibility to make medicine more personal and efficient, and we can only do that if we limit rather than expand the role of government."
People can find more about Bentley's health care proposals at www.robertbentley2010.com/healthcare.
He has said he will promote health savings accounts and would establish The Alabama Health Service Corps to encourage medical students to practice primary care and to serve in underserved rural areas.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tim James names Chuck Carver as Statewide Field Director
Carver held a similar position with Todd Strange during his successful campaign for mayor of Montgomery. Carver also will be responsible for the recruitment of volunteers and the implementation of the campaign’s field operation. For the James campaign, he will coordinate the grassroots activities of the campaign’s eight regional directors and their county chairs, coordinators and municipal chairs.
“Chuck’s organizational skills, disciplined approach to problem-solving and leadership skills make him an important member of our team,” James said in a statement.
Following an Air Force career as a senior officer, Carver spent several years at Kennedy Space Center working logistics on the payload side of the Space Shuttle. He then moved to a career as an executive in industry, including automotive, aviation and heat exchanger manufacturers. He since has consulted for numerous national and international industrial companies. Carver has been a member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100, Rotary Club, School to Career Work Force Development, Council Chair of the Tukahatchee Area Council for Boy Scouts of America, and an elder for the Young Meadows Presbyterian (PCA) Church. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Carver is married to the former Elisabeth Rosier of London, England, and has three sons: Major Charles Carver USAF, Michael Carver of CRH Group of Clanton, and Christopher Carver of Whitney Bank, all living in the Montgomery area.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Beasley joins Artur Davis campaign
Beasley, a power player in state Democratic politics, announced his support during a teleconference with reporters on Monday. Davis, a Birmingham Democrat and former federal prosecutor, is a Montgomery native.
Beasley said he has seen many governors, Democrats and Republicans, and the "best governors had a definite leadership quality and I see that in Artur Davis." He said he believes Davis can help attract jobs, help the state transform and "unlock its full potential," and has the ability to bring people together.
"He has proven in Congress he can work with Republicans and work with Democrats," Beasley said. " ... He just has that unique ability to lead."
His announcement comes a year before the Democratic primary with at least one notable Democratic candidate still considering a run for governor in 2010.
The former lieutenant governor, who served from 1971 to 1979, said he agreed to support Davis before there was ever talk of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb entering the race. Cobb, the only Democrat on the nine-member court, has said she is considering a run.
Beasley and other trial lawyers actively supported Cobb in her 2006 win over then-Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, who was appointed to the office by Republican Gov. Bob Riley.
"First of all, I have had no conversation with the chief justice," Beasley said. "She is doing a good job there. It's her call whether she runs for governor. I think most people would like to see her stay."
He said he was not trying to send a message to any other candidate by supporting Davis at this juncture.
"He is the right man for the job, and I know that he can and will be Alabama’s next governor," Beasley said of the congressman.
Davis, Beasley said, showed he is skilled at raising funds during his runs for Congress and believes the candidate can raise the millions needed to run a competitive race for governor. He said any serious candidate will need to raise $10 million to $12 million.
Davis, in a statement, said he was honored Beasley agreed to serve in a major leadership role in his campaign.
Beasley previously endorsed Riley and Gov. Fob James, both Republicans. He was lieutenant governor while George Wallace was governor.
"I believe Artur Davis has a vision for Alabama," Beasley said, adding that the vision would help to ensure the state’s economic success. "We've got to move into the 21st Century full steam ahead. He has the ability to lead and do the things necessary to attract jobs for the 21st century.
"He in my judgment is the ideal candidate for the times."
When asked, Beasley said he believes a black man can be elected governor in Alabama.
"I surely hope we are past that day in Alabama," he said. " ... I do not believe race will be a deciding factor one way or another."
Friday, June 12, 2009
Ron Sparks in the Spotlight
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Polling shows 2010 race for governor will be competitive
The survey also shows Byrne leading Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks 41-27, but the commissioner performs better with white voters than Davis, who would be Alabama's first black governor.
"These numbers indicate Alabama is going to have a quite vibrant race for governor next year," said Dean Debnam, president of the polling firm. "Most of these matches look to be competitive at this early stage."
Democrats also have trouble winning over white voters, which would need to improve for Democrats to take back the governor's seat, according to a release from Public Policy Polling.
At least 30 percent of independents are undecided in each of the potential match ups, which the release states will lead to a "tight battle next fall to pick up voters in the middle."
The poll does indicate many people are undecided with as many as 39 percent of people in some potential match ups not knowing who they would vote for.
Forty-one percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Republicans with 38 percent responding Democrats.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen
Republicans pick up state Senate seat in special election
Sanford will represent the district that was represented just months ago by Sen. Parker Griffith, a Huntsville Democrat who was elected to Congress in November. Republicans will now have an additional member when the Legislature convenes in January.
The Republican businessman easily won the District 7 seat.
The Alabama Republican Party worked hard and spent heavily to win two state Senate special elections, but lost the first and many expected Sanford to lose on Tuesday.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen
Monday, June 8, 2009
Congressman Bright Hunting Guns and Amo
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Photos of the Davis campaign kickoff III
Photos of the Davis Campaign Kickoff II
Photos of the Davis campaign kickoff
Davis kicks off campaign, takes shots at 'forces' in Alabama
Ruben Studdard, the soulful winner of the second season of "American Idol," joined Davis for the event in Linn Park, which included music, food and a few anti-Davis protesters.
Davis, a Birmingham Democrat, toured the state in February to announce he was running, but his kickoff event comes the first week candidates can begin to raise money for 2010. A diverse crowd of more than 500 people attended the event and were treated to one song by Studdard, a former Grammy nominee. He sang his single "Flying Without Wings," which he dedicated to Davis.
But unlike Studdard, who was coaxed by a friend into auditioning for "American Idol," Davis has been aiming for Alabama's highest office for years. His announcement he was running for governor had been for more than a year by political observers in the state.
Some people are not as excited to see Davis seeking another office.
Protesters held up signs aligning Davis with former President George W. Bush and big business; saying he did not represent Jefferson County well during his four terms in the U.S. House; and saying they were tired of his speeches.
Using a theme similar to his ally and fellow Harvard Law School graduate, President Barack Obama, Davis said his campaign will be about change.
For too long, the candidate said, "forces" with "old ideas" in the state have said what Alabama is not capable of accomplishing.
"This will not be a campaign heavy on promises," he said, but gave one to the people in attendance. "Alabama is ready for the 21st Century."
After his speech, Davis would not specify which "forces" he was referring to, but said some readers of the newspaper might know. He said they are from different political persuasions.
"This campaign will be about changing Alabama’s mindset," he said.
Davis, a Montgomery native, has said he is not the establishment candidate and there have been talks about other prominent Democrats entering the race since Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. said he will run for reelection and not for governor.
During his speech, Davis said his administration would not pit young adults against children or K-12 against higher education.
People in Alabama expect football teams to be in the top 25 and Davis said they should have the same standards for public education.
"Forty-two isn't good enough," he said.
Again echoing Obama, Davis said he would need people for more than the next 18 months of the campaign. He said he would need them for the four years of his administration. People need to be mobilized to reform this state and Davis said he would "constantly campaign" to break barriers.
He said he would be a pro-business governor, which he said equates to being pro-education. Being pro-business, Davis said, does not mean a candidate must be anti-union and anti-environment.
"I'm not going to raise taxes on individuals," the congressman said, but added some out-of-state corporate landowners need to "pay their fair share."
When asked how he might be able to accomplish ethics reform or tax those companies when some other governors have been unsuccessful, Davis said he must be the "persuader-in-chief."
Davis's campaign goals include ethics reform, creating a cabinet-level position to help with economic development in struggling rural counties, raising the state's mandatory school attendance age to 18, and supporting charter schools. He said he would call legislators back to Montgomery for a special session to address ethics reform soon after taking office.
The congressman said his ethics plan is the most sweeping ethics reform ever proposed in Alabama. He wants to eliminate all gifts to lawmakers.
State Rep. Thad McClammy, D-Montgomery, was in attendance, wearing a "Davis 2010" sticker. He said he was there to "support a kid out of the neighborhood." The legislator said he is very proud of the Montgomery native, who was raised by a single mother.
"We appreciate what he has done in his career to this point and he has great potential," McClammy said.
He also applauded Davis for spending as much time in some of the poor rural counties in his district as he does in Jefferson County.
"He looks at the needs of people — not how many are there," McClammy said. "He goes where the needs are."
Friday, June 5, 2009
Prattville City Councilman to Run for Senate 30 Seat
“I am honored to announce that I am a Republican candidate for State Senate District 30,” Boles said in a statement. “I am very humbled by the encouragement and support I have received, and I look forward to campaigning throughout Senate District 30 in the coming months.
Boles, a lifelong resident of Prattville and a business owner, said that Alabama's greatest resource in this part of the state is the people and he believes their conservative principles and values will move Alabama forward.
"I believe in these same conservative principles and values, and that is why I am running as a Republican. The Alabama Senate has for too long been beholden to the Democratic special interests in Montgomery," he said. "I believe that the Republican Party’s principles of smaller government and dedication to growing small businesses will improve our district and our state. I intend to use my business and civic experience for the citizens of our district so that we can create more jobs and improve our schools. I will fight for ethics reform in state government, and I pledge to represent our district with the honesty and integrity that our citizens deserve.
"The Republican Party has seen tremendous growth in Alabama in recent years. I look forward to being a part of its continued success," he said.
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks
Assistant Commissioner to run for Top Ag Job
Zorn will make his annoucement at the Florala Utilities Building community room (Old Alabama Power Co. building) at 5 p.m.
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks
State Rep. James Thomas Declares Candidacy for Sanders' Seat
State Rep. James Thomas, 65, announced Friday that he is running for the Alabama Senate next year. Thomas is a candidate in the 23rd Senate District, the seat being vacated by Sen. Hank Sanders, who announced his retirement this week.
"Both Senator Sanders and I have been fighting for the Black Belt for more than 20 years," Thomas said in a statement. "We have done good work together, but there is more to be done. I believe that we need someone with experience and dedication to serve as our state senator, and that is why I am running. I ask for your prayers and your vote in next June’s Democratic primary."
Thomas said the two most important issues facing the district are jobs and education, and they are two areas where the Wilcox Central High School principal says he has a proven track record.
"As a person who has dedicated his life to public schools, I know the importance of education. We need to keep the progress going that we’ve made in the past ten years. We need to fight for more resources, and to fund things that we know improve teaching and learning," Thomas said. "As our education improves, so does the economy of our region."
As a representative, Thomas said in a statement that he has worked in the state Legislature on economic efforts like the Hyundai plant, which brought jobs in its plant as well as employment from suppliers who have located in the region.
"Our traditional industries have been hard hit in this slumping economy. We need to look for other homegrown ways of economic development like biodiesel and other alternative energy efforts, as well as be on the constant lookout for other industries to locate in the Black Belt,"Thomas said. "And we need to look at things like entertainment and tourism to bring folks to our area and create jobs at home."
The 23rd Senate District is one of the largest and most rural in Alabama, encompassing all or parts of Dallas, Wilcox, Lowndes, Monroe, Conecuh, Clarke, Marengo, Perry and Autauga counties.
Thomas, who will be 66 this month, received his B.S. and M.A. from Alabama State University. He and his wife, Evelyn, are the parents of a daughter, Angela Carter. He also is a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in White Hall, the Alabama and National Education Associations, and the Administrators Association. Thomas also serves as lifetime president emeritus of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Sanders will not run for reelection
The Selma Democrat said, instead, he will focus his efforts on other endeavors including writing a series of books he started several years ago and has been unable to finish. He is in his seventh term in the Senate, which ends in 2010.
"This political phase of my life is complete, and it is time for me to move on to new challenges, new responsibilities and new commitments," Sanders said in a statement released to several media outlets on Thursday.
During the last legislative session, which concluded last month, Sanders said he was leaning toward not running again. He said his soul was pushing him in another direction.
In the statement, Sanders said he had been struggling with the decision for months.
"This decision has weighed heavy on my mind and heart and did not come easy," he said.
His retirement will create a vacancy for the much-coveted chairmanship of the Senate education budget committee.
"As chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee, I committed myself to the school children of this state, and tried to make a real difference in the programs, the teaching and the environment in which our children live and learn," he said. "I hope our children will continue to be a priority of the state Senate and the state of Alabama."
Even Republican Gov. Bob Riley, who does not often praise Democrats, applauded Sanders for his work on the most recent education budget, which used federal stimulus money to help save the jobs of thousands of education employees during these tough financial times.
"When it came down to it, he was under a tremendous amount of pressure to cut these programs, but I think he understands probably more than anybody in the Senate how much this has done for rural Alabama schools," Riley said in a release when he signed the $6.2 billion budget. "I want to thank him for standing up to the political opposition that he faced."
District 23, which he represents, includes all or part of Autauga, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, and Wilcox counties.
Sanders, a practicing attorney, is a Baldwin County native and a graduate of Harvard Law School. He has received more than 200 awards and recognitions, according to the state Senate’s Web site.
Wallace Community College Selma named one of its newest additions the Hank Sanders Technology Center.
Sanders, 66, is one of several Senate veterans who has said he will not run again in 2010. Other senators include Democrat Bobby Denton of Muscle Shoals and Republican Charles Bishop of Jasper.
With retirements, other departures, a death, a corruption conviction and an election to Congress, the Senate will start the 2011 session with at least eight different members in the 35-member body than the beginning of the current four-year term and more retirements could be announced in the coming year.
— posted by Sebastian Kitchen
Former Mobile County GOP Chairman Joins Tim James for Governor
Last week, James named former Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman David Wheeler as his county coordinator there, and longtime GOP activist Becky Vasko of Silverhill as his Baldwin County coordinator, according to the James campaign.
“The past four years, Mark Erwin has worked tirelessly to build a strong Republican Party in Mobile County. I look forward to working with Mark as we move forward with building a strong campaign organization,” James sai, in a statement.
Erwin, of the law firm, Satterwhite & Erwin LLC of Mobile, will be responsible for building a grass-roots campaign organization in Mobile County.
“Tim James has demonstrated his leadership abilities as a moving force for leaner, more responsive state government. He’s the kind of Conservative Republican governor we need for Alabama,” Erwin said in a statement.
A member of Mobile County’s Republican Executive Committee and the Alabama GOP Executive Committee for 10 years, Erwin served two terms as county GOP chair until this past January. He’s been an attorney, practicing in Mobile County, since 1998, clerking for Circuit Judge Joseph S. “Rusty” Johnston of Mobile County for a year following graduation from University of Alabama School of Law. He’s a graduate from Freed-Hardeman University. Erwin is a native of Mobile and graduate of Mobile Christian High School.
He and partner Harry Satterwhite formed Satterwhite and Erwin LLC in June 2001. Erwin is a member of the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys. He served 2 years as Judge of Probate under Judge Don Davis, Mobile County Probate Judge. Serving temporary Judge for City of Saraland.
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Grimes will run for reelection
Byrne Takes on AEA, Tenure Laws
"The AEA and their legislative allies have protected the incompetent, and sadly, the criminal, all at the Alabama taxpayer's expense. I have a record of fighting against bad tenure laws for many years, as both a state senator and chancellor of the two-year college system. We must introduce some common sense to the AEA, and this includes reforms to prevent criminals from drawing a teaching salary while they serve time in prison," Byrne said.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Bentley Takes Aim at American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
“Our environment is important, and we should seek to protect it so that our children and grandchildren may enjoy and learn from it for years to come. However, we must draw the line when protecting our environment becomes a shield for political maneuvering.
“The worst thing during a major decline in the economy is to raise operating costs for, and taxes on, those organizations which keep people employed. As a small business owner, I know what it is like to have families depending on you each week for a paycheck, and I also understand how difficult it is to hire new workers when your expenses and taxes continue to rise.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Davis Stops by MCDC Before Heading Back to Washington, D.C.
TIM JAMES: Senate Democrats 2010 Agenda 'Manifesto for Failure'
Last week Senate Democrats announced a 2010 agenda that includes removing the state sales tax on groceries, expanding unemployment benefits and investing $1 billion in road construction.
James said in his opinion the Senate Democrats 2010 agenda makes electing a conservative Republican majority in that body even more urgent.
“Disguised as a prescription for working families, leaders of the Alabama Senate’s majority want to mortgage our children’s future while turning over control of state government to Barack Obama. In short, the Senate Democrats’ prescription is bad medicine for the people of Alabama," he said. “Working families suffer when politicians hike income taxes, as Democrat leaders in the state Senate aim to do.
“The unemployment benefits the Senate Democrat leaders refer to in their plan were part of a Barack Obama bait-and-switch scheme that gave us federal dollars in return for a massive unfunded mandate. It puts a severe strain on the State of Alabama’s unemployment compensation fund while squeezing small businesses to pay higher unemployment insurance premiums.
“After years of corruption and scandal, the people of Alabama want transparency in their state government. Yet the Senate Democrats turn a blind eye. They, in essence, are mocking the law-abiding people of Alabama when they claim there is no outcry for open, honest and ethical state government in Alabama.
“It’s up to us, as conservative Republicans, to take the debate to these politicians and challenge them, face-to-face. They owe the people of this Great State an explanation why we need higher taxes, scandalous government as usual, and an unconditional surrender to Barack Obama.”
-- posted by Markeshia Ricks